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Deep dive: startups, contracts, cyber insurance and more

By SPN Newsroom / July 22, 2021

This is a guest post from Irena Ducic of Embroker, a digital insurance company.  As small businesses or startups grow, so do their needs for expanding their networks of business partners and collaborators. In order to stimulate and accelerate growth, business relationships are formed, partnerships are forged and third-parties are hired to help provide value…

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Omaha startup Pinata specializes in blockchain, plays vital role in emerging digital art market

By SPN Newsroom / July 21, 2021

Companies and tech-savvy individuals alike are increasingly adopting blockchain—a decentralized, distributed method for storing data securely—for their business needs, with global spending on blockchain solutions forecast to top $17 billion by 2024.  Used in everything from food supply chain tracking to public transaction ledgers for cryptocurrency, blockchain presents a win for cybersecurity and data safety.…

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Remote work allows more Nebraskans to live local, work coastal

By SPN Newsroom / July 19, 2021

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic upended the way millions of Americans work.   But how has the shift to remote work seen in some industries affected the Midwest? For three local tech workers, it’s provided the opportunity for them to work for coastal startups and tech companies while remaining in Omaha.  Researchers such as…

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The pandemic led her to switch careers. Now, an up-and-coming UX researcher has brought Blacks in Technology LLC to Omaha

By SPN Newsroom / July 16, 2021

A frequently misquoted maxim by F. Scott Fitzgerald claims there are no second acts in American lives. And while it turns out the late Great Gatsby author actually meant the opposite of that, the line nevertheless entered pop culture. Whether Omaha-based UX researcher Carleá Jean Magee’s recent mid-career shift to technology counts as a second…

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Certified Cell gives users more autonomy over technology

By Matthew Robbins Case / July 9, 2021

An up-and-coming Omaha startup is advising iPhone users to think twice before swapping out their old or damaged devices for new ones. Joshua Hample, co-founder and CEO of Omaha-based startup Certified Cell, says in many cases, defects that seem irreparable are actually fixable, though wireless carriers don’t necessarily want you to know that. Hample said…

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Inside Outside Innovation episode 256 released today, featuring author Amos Schwartzfarb

By SPN Newsroom / June 29, 2021

SPN loves to highlight the work of the Silicon Prairie ecosystem’s leaders and innovators. Since 2016, the Inside Outside Innovation podcast has delivered the latest news on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship every week to listeners for whom an outside-the-box perspective is a prerequisite for success. On this week’s episode of the Inside Outside Innovation podcast,…

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Loophire secures $300,000 funding in seed round

By Matthew Robbins Case / June 18, 2021

In its first open round of seed funding, Omaha startup Loophire recently secured an investment of $300,000 from Nebraska Angels to support the disruptive recruitment model that Loophire CEO and founder Chris Jones believes will shake up the recruitment industry. The idea for Loophire first arrived as a sudden idea in the middle of the…

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Prairie Roots monthly video magazine debuts on Silicon Prairie News

By Scott Henderson / June 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: SPN is excited to launch this summer partnership with Prairie Roots. June, July and August will feature a new video magazine celebrating the people creating the future of Nebraska.  Scott Henderson, executive producer, Prairie Roots; managing director, NMotion Accelerator Studio for gener8tor: One thing I observed in my travels over the past 20 years…

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